• 19 November 2018

How does the rise of landscape painting connect with the British Empire?

The 2019 Mellon Lectures Global Landscape in the Age of Empire, taking place at the National Gallery, will be given by Professor Timothy Barringer of Yale University.

This five-part lecture series follows British 18th- and 19th-century artists to Australia, the Caribbean, India, and the Americas. Learn how they struggled to adapt landscape traditions to represent the terrain and people they confronted.

Their encounters with other civilisations were often violent and the resulting paintings and prints – by artists such as Richard Wilson, Turner and Frederic Church – were vivid, ambivalent, responses to an often painful history.

Monday 7 January, 6,30-8.30pm
The Global Panorama

Monday 14 January, 6.30-7.45pm
South: Grand tours and the origins of the picturesque

Monday 21 January, 6.30-7.45pm
North: The industrial revolution and the British Isles

Monday 28 January, 6.30-7.45pm
East: Orientalism and the British in India

Monday 4 February, 6.30-7.45pm
West: The Black Atlantic and the American Sublime

Tickets for Global Landscape in the Age of Empire are now on sale here.

Landscape with people on boats in frot of mountains

Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection, William Hodges, A View of Matavai Bay in the Island of Otaheite [Tahiti], 1776,